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Office worker's lucrative lunchtime hustle: 'I could have been sacked'

Like others across the UK, Alexia Woods was feeling the pinch from the rising cost of living, while struggling away in a low-paid office job.

Despite working six days a week, the 20-year-old found herself have difficulty budgeting for her bills and “couldn’t sleep” due to constant money worries. So she purportedly turned to leveraging her natural talents during her lunch break.

The London resident decided to put herself out there on OnlyFans, sharing salacious images and videos to paying followers while on her lunch break.

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Britain's inflation hit a peak of 11.1% in October. Source: Australscope/Jam Press

“It definitely made the office job more exciting,” Alexia said. “I always had to be very careful and made sure I only did it on my lunch break. If I got caught doing non-work-related things during office hours, I could have been sacked because it’s a fireable offence.

As elevated inflation shows little signs of abating in Britain, she believes others will soon follow in her footsteps of finding unconventional sources of income after inflation in the UK hit a peak of 11.1 per cent in October.

“I spent most evenings chatting to my fans or taking more videos and photos,” she said. “Although it was entertaining, it was exhausting juggling the two jobs.

Anarchist graffiti on a boarded up window reads 'tax the rich' relating to the income gap between rich and poor in the current cost of living crisis on 7th February 2023 in London, United Kingdom. With the UK population struggling to make ends meet, the cost of living crisis refers to the fall in real disposable incomes after taxes and benefits that the UK has experienced since late 2021. It is being caused predominantly by high inflation outstripping wage and benefit increases and has been further exacerbated by recent tax increases. While energy and fuel prices playing a crucial role in the cost of consumer goods. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Graffiti on a boarded up window photographed this month reads 'tax the rich' relating to the income gap between rich and poor in the current cost of living crisis in the UK. Source: Getty

“I have worked in some form of low-paid industry since I was 14. In school, I waitressed every day from 5pm to 10pm until I was 18 and the restaurant shut down during lockdown.

“I quickly got a new job doing admin work but I wasn’t making anything near what you need in London to live here.

“With bills going up and the rising cost of living, I couldn’t afford anything anymore.

“I remember looking around the office one day and just thinking ‘this isn’t going to go anywhere'.”

According to Alexia, the secret lunchtime hustle has now turned into her main source of income, ditching the admin work altogether.

“I was very cautious for the first few months because I feared getting fired from my day job. I also really didn’t want any awkward conversations with colleagues.

“But I thought that if I’m putting myself out there, I have to do it properly.

“Someone from my old school sent a post from my Twitter to my partner as a way to expose me, but he already knew and was supportive.”

While the money she makes fluctuates, she claims she now can now pull in a previous month's salary in just a few days.

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